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Royal Navy battleship HMS King George V.  Battleship website dedicated to the history of HMS King George V from its launch to its participation in major wars.  Also notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS King George V.

HMS King George V, 1947.

Many thanks to Al Bamber - see message board.

HMS King George V, 1946.

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HMS King George V in the Gareloch, Faslane, September 1954.

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H.M.S. King George V on exercises off N. Ireland Nov. 1946. Photograph supplied by David Mitchell.

HMS King George V launched on the 21st February 1939. Served in the Home fleet between 1939 to 1943 during this time took part in the pursuit of Bismarck in May 1941, and operated on the Murmansk Convoy run. Operated in 1943 with Force H. In July 1944, HMS King George V underwent a long refit, and in the autumn of 1944, went to the Pacific theatre to operate with the US Navy. In 1946 HMS King George V went into Reserve Fleet, and on the 20th January 1958 was scrapped at Dalmuir and Troon.

Displacement: 35,000    Speed: 28.0kt    Complement: 1,553 - 1,558

Armament: Ten 14 - inch guns, Sixteen 5.25 inch guns,   forty-eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns.

HMS King George V

Photo supplied by Carl Proctor

HMS King George V, 1940's. ©Tony Davies

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Samson Holman and other crew members aboard King George V  (see message board).  Photo supplied by 'Sammy'

HMS King George V battles through the mountainous seas

The three photos were supplied by Neil Wilson whose Grandfather George Monk served on King George V as a storeman.

HMS King George V fires a volley.

Series of 5 photographs showing sailors of King George V at the signing of a peace treaty at the end of WWII. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DIARY OF EDWARD WILLIAM BOOTH (PICTURED) Nov 1944 - 1945

Able seaman Edward William Booth p/jx298108 (with scroll).  Sent in by Brian Booth.

Edward William Booth and another sailor from King George V. Sent in by Brian Booth.

Edward William Booth and other sailors from King George V. Sent in by Brian Booth.

HMS King George V - Sister ships of the King George V Class
HMS PRINCE OF WALES 3RD MAY 1939 SUNK ON 10TH DECEMBER 1941.
HMS DUKE OF YORK 28TH FEBRUARY 1940 SOLD FOR SCRAP 1957.
HMS ANSON 24TH FEBRUARY 1940 SOLD FOR SCRAP 1957.
HMS HOWE 9TH APRIL 1940 SOLD FOR SCRAP 1957.
 

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E. H. DAVIES..  I am trying to locate information on E.H. Davies who may have served on either HMS King George V, HMS Jervis or HMS Penelope during WWII.  I inherited oil paintings of these ships painted by him for my grandfather, Geoff Davies (who I believe served with him, I don't think they were related).  Unfortunately, my grandfather died 20 years ago and I have no further information except that I remember him saying he served on the Arctic convoys going to Murmansk.  I would greatly appreciate any information about either man.  Contact Here

WILLIAM RAINBOW / WILLIAM RANDAL.. I am after information concerning two crew members on King George V.  William Rainbow and William Randal / Randall / Rhandal.  They would have visited Sydney possibly between 1942 and 1944.  Contact here

DAVID CAMPBELL RICAHRDSON..  I'm looking for information or anyone who remembers my grandfather (pictured right) who was a Chief Petty Officer and served as a cook on board King George V for most of the war

CLIFFORD CADMAN.. I'm looking for crew information.  My father Clifford Cadman served on the ship and I would welcome information on him or his comrades.  Regards  John Cadmancontact here 

FREDRICK CLARK... I am trying to trace my family history and I am led to believe that a brother of my grandfather served on the KGV. His name was / or is Fredrick Clark he was born in Deptford England and moved to Western  Australia in 1927 with his family. My grand farther believes that he can remember seeing him at a naval base in Victoria, Australia during WW2. I understand that the information may be vague but it has been over 50 years since any one has seen him, if you could contact me if the name rings a bell or you can confirm that the KGV visited Victoria darning WW2 it would be greatly appreciated.  Jason Clark contact here  

I am the Publicity Manager for King George's Fund for Sailors - the seafarers' Charity founded by King George V in 1917.  I am anxious to trace any surviving crew members as we have been donated  the copyright of a picture painted showing the ship going into action against the Bismarck and it would be great if we could obtain autographs.  Any help will be very much appreciated.   George Maskell.     contact here

CAPTAIN ALLEN......  It has been fascinating to explore the history of the "KG V", a ship my great uncle captained during the chase on the Bismarck.  Our family has an extract of some of Uncle Wilfred's experiences at the time of the D Day landings; mostly his time aboard the KG V remains unreported as far as family letters
go. So if this reaches anyone who knew him in command, comments would be appreciated.  Regards, Bill Allen (Wm.R.P.Allen)    
bill.allen@cplpetroleum.co.uk

DAVID McCASH.. Picture of David McCash when he served on HMS King George V. He also served on HMS Revenge. Any information contact Dean at eagle1@rideau.net

ABLE SEAMAN JOHN BAKER... I wondered if anyone out there served on the King George V during the time she was in +Tokyo Bay. My name is Able Seaman John Baker. It would be great to hear from anyone who remembers the goodwill visit march through Melbourne and taking the Duke of Gloucester and his family to Hobart. Contact me at buchan@ntlworld.com 

NORMAN FIELDHOUSE... My grandfather served on HMS King George V and took many photographs of the crew and ship which are still in the family. I am trying to find out if there is a crew list available for me to look at, so I can see exactly what he did while serving. Unfortunately, he died a few years ago, and I am now trying to find out as much as I can about life aboard the ship. Contact me at andrew@sheard.tv 

ERIC GORDON.  My father Eric Gordon, I think his nickname was Flash, served on the King George V at the time the Bismarck was sunk.  He is now 85 years old and still very much alive and able to recall these days....  Mary Crisp.  mary.treu@bt.com

AB RON GAZZANIGA:  My brother served on HMS King George V in the Pacific 1943 onwards. He passed away in 2001. Does anyone old shipmates remember him.  contact Peter Gazzaniga at gazbo@tiscali.co.uk 

THOMAS SCOTT:  My Grandad was a Royal marine who served on HMS Duke of York and HMS King George V in Oct / Nov 1941. I would love to hear from someone who may remember him. contact donna@mibncw.demon.co.uk 

WILLIAM BILL WAY.. My father in law was one of many Newfoundlanders who served on HMS King George V from 1941-1943. If anyone remembers him or any other Newfoundlander who served at that time please contact me at Waystogo@3web.net 

GEORGE MONK.  Anyone who knew George Monk can contact neil.wilson@halliburton.com

JAMES DUSTY MILLER   Can you help, We are trying to piece together the Royal navy career of my husbands grandfather (now deceased) We have a cap band of HMS King George V. His name was James Dusty Miller.  If you know of him please let us know. at  Legdramaq@aol.com     thank you 

LESLIE PRICE  We are trying to piece together the naval career of Leslie Price. We believe he joined HMS King George V at Scapa Flow, from King Alfred, just after the sinking of the Bismarck, with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He is my grandfather and this information is all we have managed to ascertain. He is celebrating his 90th birthday this year and I am trying to find out about him for our family history. Please e-mail Jacqueline Golding (nee Price) on chuffs@tinyworld.co.uk 

RAYMOND WILLIAM HISCOCK... Served on HMS king George V. joined 11th Feb. 1943 - 15th December 1943,as a O Seaman. 16th December 1943 to 26th April 1946 as a A.B Seaman. Unfortunately he passed away 5th January 1998.   Notice displayed by Alan Hiscock at ahisco@supanet.com 

JAMES MATTHEW NICHOLLS, My uncle served on HMS King George V at the time of the Battle with Bismarck. he was awarded a DSM along with another chap for removing a live shell from near the magazine. he was mentioned in dispatches and the commendation was listed in the London illustrated news. Do you have any details of this event? and who was the other chap. I think my Uncle "Jimmy" may still be alive and living near Catford London SE6. But I am unable to find him. Can anyone help me. contact James Nicholls  at  james@runic.fsnet.co.uk 

WILLIAM NORRIS served on HMS King George V as a stoker. Originally from Manchester & known as Bud at the time he was on the ship, he is now nearing his 80th birthday. I would love to hear from anyone who can remember my father. Contact Ray Norris at crab33@ntlworld.com

 

Albert Bamber from Preston served on the KGV in WW2. If anyone remembers him or has more photos please contact albamber@hotmail.com 

 

 

 

SAMSON HOLMAN..  My dad Samson Holman was a crew member on the King George V during the sinking of the Bismarck. He came from Beaulieu in Hampshire. He met and married my mum in Liverpool. I  have included a photo of my dad who died in 1999 i have many more Including photos of the sinking of the Bismarck taken from the KG V and certificates printed on board the KGV about how they sunk the Bismarck.